BOUR­BON AND BRANCH

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Start with an Ital­ian din­ner in North Beach – the neigh­bor­hood where the Beat gen­er­a­tion resided in the fifties – then take a cab to the cor­ner of Jones and O’Far­rell. Look for the anti-prohibition league sign above an un­marked door, and knock.You are at Bour­bon and Branch, a speakeasy with some of the best cock­tails on the West Coast. Re­serve a slot on­line first and note down your pass­word, which you mut­ter through a slot in the door to en­ter. The in­ti­mate room is manned by snap­pily dressed wait­ers, with the low tap of jazz play­ing in the back­ground.

The house spe­cialty, the Pinker­ton, con­sists of Hay­man’s Old Tom Gin, Laird’s 100 Proof Ap­ple Brandy, Zucca amaro, Car­damaro amaro and cin­na­mon-in­fused or­ange bit­ters. I went for the smooth Celtic Smash – which set me up per­fectly for a night un­der the street­lights of old San Fran­cisco.

501 Jones St.; bour­bo­nand­branch.com BT

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